After a summer and early autumn of so much moving and miles on the road, Andrew and I decide it’s time to cash in some Skymiles (thanks to 8 years of flying from Japan) and enjoy a little of the Hawaiian islands and vis it more of our Natonal Parks.
First stop Kipahula/Hana, Maui to visit Haleakala National Park.With only four days on Maui, we choose to concentrate our time around this part of the park inoted of the equality remote crater section. There are so many waterfalls, beaches and local stops to see, our time on this island is completely enjoyable.Plus, we can’t resist a little a little r&r at our Kipahula oasis, Ala’aina Ocean Vista.
Our first full day, we opt to wake early and hike the Pipiwai trail before it gets crowded.We arrive to empty parking lot, begin our peaceful trek next to the rain-swollen river. The route leads us through a large bamboo forest, beside beautiful and massive banyan trees, and over bridges until we finally reach Waimoku Falls, a 400ft waterfall.On our way back we stop off at Ohe’o Gulch, commonly known as the Seven Sacred Pools.
A few other excursions include Kahuna Garden, ethnobotanical garden that houses sacred temple of Pi’ilanihale; Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach; Charles Lindbergh’s grave; with a few stops at the locally historic Hasegawa General Store.Along our route, we manage to pick up some tasty fresh produce from various local farm stands and more than a few working students hitching a ride to Hana.
Andrew and I enjoyed the serenity and beauty of this island as we rested under palm trees, counting the afternoon rainbows, listening to the waves crash along the cliffside and the birds sing a little cheerful melody.
To continue with our halloween theme in the Lee Vining vicinity, Andrew, Ame and I head to Devil’s Postpile National Monument.Actually, it isn’t as eery as it sounds.Devil’s Postpile is a cluster of basalt columns created by lava flow (around 100,000 years ago).The columns are quite tall, with some towering at 60ft, and shaped in a symmetrical hexagon form. American enjoyed a great hike on a cool breezy day.
Andrew and I feel that our stay in Lee Vining wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Mono Lake Tufa Natural Reserve.For five days, we have camped within view of these unusual towers.Tufa is limestone formed within lake water rich with calcium carbonate.The south end of Mono Lake Tufa Reserve offers visitors a trail to walk upclose to the tufa.
With our week filled with hikes, ghosts, and rock formations over, it is time to head El Dorado Hills, where we’ll park Rosie and prepare for our Hawaiian island adventure.
Bodie Historic State Park, an old mining claim and famous ghost town, is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains close to Lee Vining.With Halloween creeping close (only 7 days away), what a better time to visit this ghost town of 170 buildings and a cemetery.This decayed town leaves me speechless…so I hope the photos speak for themselves.